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Newly Released Summertime Reads

Aside from the few avid readers we all seem to know, finding time to read a book, let alone do your laundry, in the course of the busy work season can be pretty difficult. But now that summer is just about here, make the time to stop by your nearest Barnes & Noble and pick up one of the newly released summer reads (and the latest issue of Arizona Foothills Magazine of course) for your relaxing days by the pool or on the sand.

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Newly Released Summer ’09 Fictional Reads:

“Strange Nervous Laughter”
By Bridget McNulty – Available May 12
“Strange Nervous Laughter” is a love story which talks what love does to us, and how our lives are changed by being in love, out of love or on the brink of love. McNulty is a blogger who writes about why people act the way they do and now she has written a highly-anticipated novel. 

“Into the Beautiful North”
By Luis Alberto Urrea – Available May 19
“Into the Beautiful North” is a story about a young Mexican girl Nayeli who travels to America to find a band of men to help guard her village from criminals and reverse the plummeting birth rates spun from the male absence.

“The Story Sisters”
By Alice Hoffman – Available June 2
The Story Sisters plots the lives of three sisters, each of whom has a fate she must meet alone in three different countries.

“Dune Road”
By Jane Green – Available June 16
The best-selling author of “The Beach House” is the story of life in an exclusive beach town after the tourists have left for the summer and the eccentric (and wealthy) community that sticks around.

“The Angel’s Game”
By Carlos Ruiz Zafon – Available June 16
The story portrays a young male author and his tale of living in an abandoned mansion at the heart of Barcelona.

“Black Hills”
By Nora Roberts – Available July 7
The story of young love, heart break and a murder in the “Black Hills” that brings the lovers back together.

“Best Friends Forever”
By Jennifer Weiner – Available July 14
The author of “In Her Shoes” is releasing “Best Friends Forever” – a story that personifies female friendship with humor and love.

“The Devil’s Queen”
By Jeanne Kalogridis – Available July 21
This is the story of the caniving Queen of France, Catherine de Medici, who was blamed for the St. Bartholomew’s Day Massacre in which hundreds of innocent people died.

“Inherent Vice”
By Thomas Pynchon – Available August 4
“Inherent Vice” takes you back in time to the wild ‘60’s for a mysterious adventure.

“South of Broad,”
By Pat Conroy – Available Aug. 11
The author of “The Prince of Tides” will release “South of Broad,” a story about a young boy in South Carolina who faces unique trials in high school after his younger brother commits suicide.

8 Comments

  • Mary Kate says:

    Oh yay! I’m one of those avid readers so this gives me something to look forward to. Jennifer Weiner and Jane Green are cute chic lit writers.

  • sam says:

    i was just in B&N the other day trying to find a new read…. couldn’t, so picked up one i’ve already read!! now i want to go back and pick up Strange Nervous Laughter!

  • Elle says:

    I just recently found myself reading several Nora Roberts books, so I am torn be her newest release Black Hills and South of Broad.

  • Jessica says:

    thanks for this great blog!!

  • Alex M. says:

    i still want to read the bethenny frankel book you mentioned another blog post ago.

  • Elise says:

    I have such a huge stack of books I need to get through but I am always looking for more, thanks!

  • Mollie says:

    I love Jennifer Weiner. She is the queen of chick lit–read “Good In Bed.”

  • Jenna Mary says:

    My summertime read is…. Jennifer Johnson is Sick of Being Single…Heather McElhatton!
    Finally, a truly honest book about what it is like to be single, date, love, and make mistakes. I loved this book from start to finish. Well, the finish isn’t exactly what you would expect…it isn’t your typical predictable, sappy, everybody wins, ride off into the sunset, this is REAL life, RIGHT?! I could not put this book down. I can now say that I have finally read a book that made me laugh on every page! Heather McElhatton did an amazing job telling a honest story with humor and details that must people would shy away from! I would recommend this book to anyone that needs a good laugh and wants a great read. And trust me; you don’t have to be a single lady to enjoy this book!

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